For Hawaii Nei. I promised someone I would shine a light on this bill. It has taken me a week and a half because it was hard. This bill, which can be read here, brings up a lot of feels. When I first heard about it from my husband I was so angry. Who would actually submit a bill legalizing prostitution?

HB No 1533 – Relating to Prostitution is backed by Tracy Ryan the head of Hawaii’s  Libertarian Party. According to Ryan the “law needs to be changed because it unfairly harms consenting adults especially those who are transgender,” (Arevalo, 2017). She believes that changing the law allows transgenders and others the ability to, essentially, earn an honest living. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but selling yourself for sex is not at all an honest living. Office work, working at a fast food restaurant, being a beautician, now those are honest professions. She believes passing this law protects the rights of transgenders. But, I’m struggling here to see how.

Hawaii’s Libertarian Party’s website explains the bill as this:

HB 1533 would eliminate penalties in Hawaii laws for adult consensual sex work.  This applies to sex worker, client, and manager.  It does not apply to the offense of sex trafficking which is defined in Hawaii law to include various abuses of sex workers by “managers” who are little more than criminals and to laws criminalizing those who manage underage persons doing sex work. HB 1533 leaves in place the current legal violation for minors themselves who do sex work.  They would remain under the jurisdiction of the Family Court as they are now. (Libertarianhawaii, no date)

 

Here’s the thing, should HB No 1533 it would saturate Hawaii’s prostitution issue by:

  1. Allowing tourism in Hawaii to expand into sexual activities
  2. Allowing pimps to legally have a profession and sell women for sex
  3. Allowing police officers to legally have sex with prostitutes while wearing blue
  4. Allowing the gates of sex trafficking to be opened wider
  5. Allowing clients to legally pay for prostitution

I can’t bear to watch this bill be voted with a green light. Yes, I have moved from the islands and now call the PNW my place of residence. But, Hawaii will always be home. And we, as Hawaii residents, should let our voices be heard. What scares me the most about this is Ryan honestly believes that this bill would not open the door to sex trafficking nor would it make it hard for this international problem to be rectified (Arevalo, 2017). My understanding of sex trafficking is putting one in sexual slavery. Is that not, in a sense, what a pimp does? Does he not, in fact, dominate and control and exploit sex from his sex workers for selfish profit?

I am afraid of what this world is coming to. And since I can’t entirely control what happens  in this world, I can at least let my voice be heard for my islands. And you should too. Here is how:

Take the time to call the members of the House Judiciary Committee. Currently HB No 1533 has passed its first reading. Speak with JUD and let them know you would like them to vote NO on passing it. If you can’t speak with all or one of the committee members, leave a message. You can also email them regarding your stance. Below are the committee members:

  1. Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Chair
    House District 21
    Room 421
    808-586-8515
    repnishimoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov
  2. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair
    House District 4
    Room 302
    808-586-6530
    repsanbuenaventura@Capitol.haw aii.gov
  3. Della Au Belatti
    House District 24
    Room 402
    808-586-9425
    repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov
  4. Tom Brower
    House District 22
    Room 315
    808-586-8520
    repbrower@Capitol.hawaii.gov
  5. Aaron Ling Johansson
    House District 31
    Room 426
    808-586-9470
    repjohanson@Capitol.hawaii.gov
  6. Chris Lee
    House District 51
    Room 436
    808-586-9450
    replee@Capitol.hawaii.gov
  7. Dee Morikawa
    House District 16
    Room 442
    808-586-6280
    repmorikawa@Capitol.hawaii.gov
  8. Mark Nakashima
    House District 1 (Hilo)
    Room 406
    808-586-6680
    repnakashima@Capitol.hawaii.gov
  9. Marcus Oshiro
    House District 46
    Room 424
    808-586-6700
    repmoshiro@Capitol.hawaii.gov
  10. Bob McDermott
    House District 40
    Room 330
    808-586-9730
    repmcdermott@Capitol.hawaii.gov
  11. Cynthia Thielin
    House District 50
    Room 443
    808-586-6480
    repthielen@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Please, please let your voices be heard. I know this world is a tough, tough place. If you want to make a difference, here is your chance. Speak with a or all of the committee members and oppose this bill. Vote NO on legalizing prostitution.

Protect the islands. Protect the people. Protect the keiki (children). xoxo


Arevalo, E. (2017) Lawmaker submits bill to legalize prostitution. Available at: http://khon2.com/2017/02/03/lawmaker-submits-bill-to-legalize-prostitution/ (Accessed: 17 February 2017).
Libertarianhawaii (no date) Available at: http://www.libertarianpartyofhawaii.org (Accessed: 17 February 2017).
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